This health video will take a look into the criminal mind to see if they can find a link with their behavior.
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Dr. James Alan Fox: They see other people as mere tools for their own pleasure. Dr. Stanton Samenow: To reduce someone to a quivering, pleading speck of humanity and snuff out that individual's life is, for some people, the ultimate high." Dr. James Alan Fox: The most successful, prolific killers are extraordinarily ordinary. Jennifer Matthews: Who are these killers and why do they kill? Criminologist James Alan Fox has spent nearly a quarter century trying to answer these questions. Dr. James Alan Fox: He feels like a victim. He feels like people have been unfair to him. Jennifer Matthews: But he's found even common traits don't help experts predict who's a murderer. Dr. James Alan Fox: It is literally impossible to identify the few needles in a large haystack of people who fit the profile of a serial killer or mass murderer. Jennifer Matthews: Forensic psychologist Stanton Samenow says warning signs may appear as early as pre-school. Dr. Stanton Samenow: This is the child who is restless, irritable, never, never satisfied, who is always getting into things. The getting into things is a person determined, absolutely determined, to have his way. Jennifer Matthews: With time, the need for control can intensify. Dr. Stanton Samenow: Murder is, of course, is the ultimate form of control. Jennifer Matthews: Steve Hassan says it wasn't his own desire for control but someone else's that nearly drove him to kill. Steve Hassan: In my case I was fortunate enough not to be given a gun and told to shoot someone because I probably would have. Jennifer Matthews: Steve says he spent three years under the mind control of a cult. It's this type of control he believes is behind the September eleventh attacks. Steve Hassan: When I look at Taliban, Al Qaeda members and listen to their outrageous beliefs, I say, I know that level of insanity. Jennifer Matthews: As Steve now works to help others escape dangerous mind control scientists work to better understand the mind. Dr. Stanton Samenow: One can only decide what to do with such a person if you understand the day to day working of the mind. Jennifer Matthews: Perhaps only then will the violence stop. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.